2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards finalists unveiled

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on stage at LMBA

Brisbane’s thriving business community is putting on a strong showing in the 13th annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, with 55 finalists vying for a gong across the 10 categories.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the finalists exemplified the depth of talent within Brisbane’s business community and ranged from small businesses to larger corporations and individuals leading world-first innovations.

“The Lord Mayor’s Businesses Awards are the benchmark for business excellence in Brisbane, showcasing our city as a great place to live, work and invest,” Cr Quirk said.

“Every year the bar is raised higher with businesses and individuals taking our new world city reputation to the next level.

“Demonstrating the impact of small business on the community, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland Award for Outstanding Small Business received the highest number of nominations.

“After just two years of operation, finalist Active Truth has garnered a strong following for its locally made size-inclusive active wear.

“Virtual Legal is empowering everyday Australians through its online legal platform, and Audeara – also a finalist in two other categories - is meeting a global need with its sound-tailoring headphones.”

Cr Quirk said it was encouraging to see many finalists at the forefront of innovations in health, technology, social enterprise and the creative industries, with many manufacturing their products in Brisbane.

“ANZ Award for High Growth Start-Up finalist, Vald Performance, is bringing laboratory-grade hamstring testing technology to elite sporting teams and has quadrupled its workforce over the past year to service 300 clients across the globe,” he said.

“Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation finalist, Real Serious Games, is changing the way engineering and construction companies approach training with its virtual reality technology, and Tritium’s continual innovation is putting Brisbane on the map in the electrical vehicle market and creating more jobs in the process.

“Inspiration can also be found among the Singapore Airlines Award for Young Business Person of the Year and Channel 7 Award for Business Person of the Year finalists.

“Alex Moss of Canaria Technologies is commercialising an earpiece originally designed for NASA, which can predict cognitive fatigue.

“Another finalist, Elliott Smith is applying artificial intelligence to diagnose cancer faster through his start-up Maxwell Plus.

Another business leader, James Grugeon is growing The Good Beer Co. as a social enterprise beer company, and Tim McGahan, managing director of the Blacklab Group of Companies has carved out a globally recognised film and television brand and provided strong mentorship in the local industry.

“The ingenuity and passion displayed among the 55 finalists is nothing short of outstanding. I wish all finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are:

QUEENSLAND URBAN UTILITIES AWARD FOR PRODUCT INNOVATION

HSBC AWARD FOR DOING BUSINESS IN ASIA

ANZ AWARD FOR HIGH-GROWTH BUSINESS START-UP

AUSTRALIA PACIFIC LNG AWARD FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION

ISPT AWARD FOR DIGITAL ADOPTION STRATEGY

YURIKA AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS

CCIQ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS

PORT OF BRISBANE PTY LTD AWARD FOR NEW INVESTMENT IN BRISBANE

SINGAPORE AIRLINES AWARD FOR YOUNG BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

CHANNEL 7 AWARD FOR BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

The 2018 LMBA winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Brisbane City Hall on 19 October. One outstanding business award finalist will also be announced as the Optus Business Platinum Award recipient. Tickets are now available.

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are also supported by: Brisbane City Council, BDO, Epicure, Sirromet and Select Audio Visual.

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